"Visited this place today a warm sunny Saturday in December. Lots to see even though main flowering season had past. Not many people about. Pleasant to just wander around leisurely being able to stop and sit in the shaded areas. Still manage to see plenty of colourful flowers. Garden was relatively empty. But a good hour spent out in the fresh air. No charge to go and wander around."
The Orchid Garden is opposite the
It's a part of what is called the Lake Gardens. When you leave the Bird Park
behind and you cross the road, then you're at the entrance of the Taman Orkid
(the Orchid Garden). It's a 1 ha floral paradise, where you can admire the
orchids and and pick tips on how to grow these magnificent flowers. The Taman
Orkid can be combined with a visit to the
The admission to the Orchid Garden is free. Only on Saturday, Sunday and
Public Holidays you have to pay admission (RM1,-). The Taman Orkid is situated
on a scenic hilltop within The Lake Gardens. Around and on this hilltop all the orchids are growing.
adjoining section is devoted to the hibiscus, Malaysia's national flower. This
section showcases more than 2,000 varieties of hibiscuses.
The Lake Garden
(Taman Tasik Perdana) is probably
the nicest park area in KL. You'll see people jogging, playing ball, and in
the mornings practicing tai-chi.
The taxi drops you off the Bird Park. You'll have to cross the road to get
to the Taman Orkid. The path is going slightly up and then you'll see the
counter of the Orchid Garden.
We had to pay during our stay, because we went
on a Saturday.
Don't worry, because Saturday and Sunday are the best days to visit the
Garden. The admission is very low-priced (RM1.-) and the Garden is
transformed into a lovely Orchid bazaar.
Tourist and the local people are walking around in the
garden. They are looking at the stalls, where you can buy blooming orchids
The garden is opened from 9am to 6pm daily.Walk under pergolas, delighting in the exotic blooms of orchids or stroll
through orchid-lined walkways! Buy a plant specimen as a memento of your
visit to KL!
varieties of orchids, including the exotic species, thrive abundantly on
this 1 hectare floral paradise. Cut flowers and plants are sold on weekends.
You can purchase cut
flowers and plants to beautify your home’s interior.
Orchid growers at the garden provide practical tips
and advice on the art of orchid growing.
This garden attracts flower-lovers
from all over the world. Orchids are a Malaysian favourite, with both
commercial gardeners and hobbyists.
Two main types of wild orchid and hybrid orchids - the
epiphytic orchids commonly grown in pieces of bricks, charcoal, Styrofoam
pellets, fern roots and the terrestrial variety which grow and flower on the
We were lucky to see, how they planted the orchids with bricks an charcoal
in the pots.
It looks easy to let the grow, but we think it's difficult.
There's also a covered area, where you can buy
orchid plants. They are ranged in size from mature specimens to small
The smaller ones can be packaged in to bottles (look at the photo above),
so that you can carry them with you on your trip home to nurture into a
living reminder of your visit to Malaysia.
In one bottle are about 50 orchids. If you want them in just one colour the
price is RM25.- If you want coloured orchids it's about RM35.-
Cut flowers and plants are sold on the days of the weekend. The orchid
growers at the garden provide practical tips and advice on the art of orchid
If you buy an orchid plant at the shop you mostly get a copied paper how to
manage the plant.
The Orchid Garden attracts flower-lovers from all over the
world. Orchids are a Malaysian favourite, with both commercial gardeners and
hobbyists (people with green fingers).
If you're walking in the Orchid Garden, the
the garden is going over into the Hibiscus Garden. This is a small
terraced garden, which provides a strikingly colourful panorama of countless
varieties of hibiscus. The hibiscus is the
'Queen of Tropical Flowers'
Among them is the rosa sinensis,
Malaysia's national flower. It's called the "Bunga Raya".
In the Hibiscus Garden
you'll find over 2,200 varieties of rare and exotic blooms ranging from the
single petal variety to multiple petal varieties in a range of colours and
The brightly-hued hibiscus blooms, Malaysia's national flower, are planted
along the footpaths and on the terraces within the compound of this
beautiful, sprawling garden. The garden has also a small information centre
and an exhibition centre.
We're back in the Orchid Garden
We see a lovely pond with beautiful water lilies or lotuses (that's the
same). Look at the photo at the left side.
The Lotus or
water lily is an aquatic plant of Nymphaea with broad
floating leaves and bright fragrant flowers that grow only in shallow
waters. The leaves and flowers float and have long stems that contain air
spaces. The big attractive flowers have many petals overlapping in a
The root functions are carried out by rhizomes that fan
out horizontally through the mud below the water. Lotuses, prized for their
serene beauty, are delightful to behold as their blossoms open on the
surface of a pond. In India the sacred lotus is legendary
and much folklore and religious mythology is woven around it.
Tropical water lilies or lotuses are very free
flowering and for the most part, very fragrant. Tropical water lilies
come in shades of white, yellow, pink, red, blue and purple.
The heliconia (photo at the right) we have
found near the pond.
There are about 40 different species of Heliconia. The leaves of this
plant are paddle-shaped, and they are related to the banana family.
Helicona's are sometimes called “lobster claws” or “parrot flowers”
because of their beak-like “bracts” which can be orange, purple, red,
yellow, pink, green or a combination of these.
A bract is a leaf structure at the base of a flower.
The heliconia's bracts are so large and colourful that they almost hide
the flowers altogether, which are tiny and are found inside these
This keeps the flower's sweet nectar tucked away so that only
specialized birds can get to it. Some species of Heliconia have upright
facing flowers, and in some, the flowers dangle down from the main stem
and are called hanging heliconia.
They are actually quite common in the rainforest. They are also often found
as ornamental plants in gardens and landscaped areas. People enjoy their
colourful, gravity-defying ornamentation. Hummingirds and butterflies like to drink the sweet nectar from
the heliconia’s flowers.
The greatest variety of wild orchids are in the
hills and mountains. Taman Negara and
Cameron Highlands in Pahang are
two of the better-known localities for observing orchids but real orchid
admirers should visit Mount Kinabalu in
Wild orchid plants are usually much smaller than
their commercially-grown hybrid counterparts.
Wild orchids are an amazing artistic display. The spectacular array of
colours, patterns and sizes has evolved over millennia to make them more
attractive to small insect pollinators and to take advantage of specific
The flower structure of orchids gives them their
character. Some are tiny and singular; others are elongated with
numerous blossoms. The tiger orchid, the world’s largest at up to 3m, is
a random but magnificent sight of hundreds of hefty yellowish flowers
pockmarked with maroon blots.